"Linuxlab has released version 2.0 of its innovative FarMan
load-balancing software. FarMan monitors traffic and assigns
transactions to hundreds of servers on a local area network or
across networks. It also monitors component reliability. When a
power supply or other hardware component shows signs of failing,
the software notifies network support to take the server off-line
before it fails. This allows the network to stay up, despite
individual hardware problems."
"According to Linuxlab's Chief Technology Officer Charles Liu,
FarMan 2.0 introduces a variety of creative methods for reliably
and efficiently managing server farm traffic."
"Unlike other load balancers, FarMan gets around the requirement
of keeping all the servers on the same LAN by using direct routing
to respond to client service requests. This allows service requests
to go to the load balancer first, permitting the load balancer to
assign the transaction to a host server. Since, the host can
respond directly to a client without sending a reply back along the
original path. FarMan keeps traffic on the LAN low and the
connection works faster than with other clustering methods."
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